Mental health apps: Proceed with caution - http://www.vancouversun.com/life/mental+health+apps+proceed+with+caution/11341650/story.html
by mikeelkeslassy on September 7, 2015 - 10:09pm
In the last few years, mental health has been issue that is becoming more and more as a forefront issue in today’s society. The Canadian Mental Health institution reported that 12 percent of Canadians suffer of mental health issues. They also reported that these health issues cost the economy over fifty billion dollars each year. App developers have now created an application that gives you tools and a plan in order to fight your mental health issue. In the article, it is said that this app is good for people who have a lack of access, affordability or any stigma, since it is private and it is very easy to do. Although according to many specialists it is said to “proceed with caution” because an application cannot do the work of a social worker. Although a study at the University of Zurich has stated that online psychotherapy is “on par” with the face to face interview. Many people have said that these apps have been used as ways of meditation in order to release stress and anxiety which is a major cause of mental health issues.
In my opinion this is a form of task-shifting because it is taking a large issue such as mental health and making it accessible to everyone with a phone. This will push more people to be open about their issue and take away the stigma which scares people from going to receive help. Therefore this app is not something that will cure all mental health issues overnight, although it will raise a lot of awareness and push people in right direction to get proper treatment. As a result, this for me is a great idea which will keep pushing this issue in the right direction.